The juried scores are in, for Eco Arts Awards 2013 arts competition in three creative categories; Songwriting, Repurposed Materials in Art & Design, and Fine Art. In order to win first place not only do you have to show mastery of the medium but true innovation, and an un-definable sense of inspiration for the theme of ecology. So without further ado, meet Eco Arts Awards three, First Place winners.
The First Place winner in the Songwriting category is Billy Jonas’ - To Be One. Billy is a composer, performer and singer-songwriter, who use voice, guitar, and “industrial re-percussion” instruments made from found objects. He says the song; To Be One came through to him in a dream. It has a purity of innocence that wants us to lay our skepticism aside to be washed in its light shower of hopeful optimism. Billy is a professional musician, with a few other awards on his mantel, including a First Place/Gold from the American Federation of Independent Musicians. He currently tours with his quartet, “The Billy Jonas Band.” You can listen to To Be One on Eco Arts Awards home page.
Lloyd Herman actually named Eco Arts Awards next category, Repurposed Materials in Art & Design and is the categories sole juror as there could not be a greater authority in this arena. Lloyd Herman was the founding director of the Renwick Gallery, which became the home for Smithsonian American Art Museum's craft and decorative arts program. Through the wonders of internet technology we can access his expertise! This year his first place selection went to a work titled, Microbio by Paula Rincon. Paula is a Colombian industrial designer. Her wish is to use her experience and knowledge of technology, design and art to promote conscious consumption of natural resources. Her winning work is an industrial design masterpiece that details how we can recycle water from faucets and dishwashers to produce electricity, make organic soap and decrease water pollution, by simply using, PET reused bottles, waste water, bacteria, graphite paper, led lights, seeds, soil, and copper wire! You can view one of the images of Microbio on Eco Arts Awards home page. A more thorough viewing of the winning entry will be available soon on The Art of Ecology.
The First Place winner in Fine Arts is Jennika Bastian’s work titled: Disconnect. This is a very powerful collage that shows us with a glance the drama of our errors while truly inviting you to look deeper into all aspects of its message. When asked for her bio, Jennika furnished us with an interesting quote the gives us insight into her vision; “Since I was small I have had an overwhelming fascination with the natural world. Much of my inspiration comes from observing tiny details and imperfections. I love staring at lichen, pores, objects that are worn and ragged, scars, scales, dry chapped lips, things that are deteriorating and growing. I take these details, and try to capture the metamorphosis of these elements into one breathing, organic whole, many times integrating the human figure. In these I strive to question where the dividing lines are between man and nature.” Jennika is an art student at the University of Wisconsin Madison and will be earning her BFA this spring. In her spare time she paints murals for companies, gives private drawing lessons, goes on long runs and drinks copious amounts of tea. She is currently working on illustrating the fantasy-fiction novel Ruzniel by UK author Daniel Nanvati. You can view Jannika’s winning entry on the home page of Eco Arts Awards.